The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                   Tuesday, November 28, 2017
OC CITIES GET THEIR ROAD PROJECTS IN EARLY FOR SB 1 FUNDING
traffic Gas taxes went up November 1 under SB 1, but Orange County cities wasted no time in getting their projects in under the new law's "Local Streets and Roads" program. OC's 34 cities submitted 118 projects to the California Transportation Commission, all on track for expedited funding under the new law. Some cities submitted for 1 project, others for 33 projects.  There is still a 90- day window to add projects!  To see an interactive map of SB 1 funded projects coming your way, CLICK HERE. To see a list of OC cities submitting so far, CLICK HERE. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 
OCBC HONORS PUBLIC AGENCIES, LEADERS TURNING RED TAPE INTO RED CARPET 
OCBC was honored to bestow awards to the 2017 winners of its original program Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet, which recognizes local government for cutting through bureaucratic red tape and paving the way toward economic development and business success. This year saw a record number of nominations, totaling 39 outstanding entries, which were reviewed by a selection committee chaired by OCBC Board Member Dan Miller, The Irvine Company. The winners were announced at the Seventh Annual Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards Reception November 16, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co. Congrats to Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett on her Leadership Award, Business and Retention and Expansion winner City of Anaheim and Honorable Mention County of Orange; Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse Award Winner City of Tustin and Honorable Mention City of Garden Grove; Sustainable and Green Development Award Winner Orange Coast College and Honorable Mention OC Sanitation District; Responding to Globalization Award Winners Port of Los Angeles and City of Garden Grove; and Public-Private Partnership Award Winner City of Irvine and Honorable Mention Santa Ana Unified School DistrictCLICK HERE to learn more about the honorees and nominees. For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, Director, Economic Development. 
OCBC JOINS STATE BUSINESS LEADERS IN SUPPORT OF DREAM ACT REAUTHORIZATION
Alicia Berhow, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs, joined several prominent state business leaders of the REAL Coalition last week in calling on Congress to act quickly to reauthorize the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act, or DACA, without a government shutdown. DACA provides temporary legal status and work protections for close to 700,000 immigrants, nearly 223,000 who live, work or attend school in California, and its future has been uncertain under the Trump Administration with the President calling for a gradual end to the Obama era legislation. Roughly 96 percent of DACA recipients work or go to school, and the impacts of a prolonged DACA impasse will have detrimental effects on schools, employees and businesses in California and across the nation. "This is incumbent upon our legislators to stand up for our Dreamers here in California," Berhow said. She was quoted in various publications, including the LA Times, Politico, Times Herald, Mercury News and the Ventura County Star. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs.
SAVE THE DATE! OCBC'S ANNUAL DINNER & BOARD INSTALLATION - FEB. 8, 2018
Save the date for one of the most talked-about events of the year! OCBC will honor the outgoing 2017 Board led by Richard Porras, AT&T, at the 2018 Annual Dinner and Installation of the Board of Directors, presented by FivePoint. Additionally, the dinner will highlight a few folks you might not yet know under the 2018 OCBC theme "Game Changers: OC Leadership Transforming the World." Be sure to mark your calendar, it will be an event you won't want to miss! Sponsorships are available and more details coming soon for this gala event. For more info, contact Sabra Ritter, Director of Events. TIME: 5:30 to 9 p.m.   DATE: Thursday, February 8, 2017  LOCATION: Hotel Irvine  
FEDERAL TAX REFORM: A MIXED BAG FOR CALIFORNIA
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Congress has been taking up tax reform with a vengeance.  The House has passed a proposal, and the Senate is about to consider a major overhaul of US tax structure with promises to return businesses' long-parked off-shore funding with lower corporate tax rates, while simplifying taxes for the average Joe.  For California, this is a mixed bag.  As a long-time a donor state-paying far more to the federal government than we receive in return-the elimination of equalizing federal deductions may hurt the average Californian, but the corporate benefits are important to job growth. CLICK HERE to check out OC Taxpayer CEO Carolyn Cavecche's opinion column in The Orange County Register. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 
CALCHAMBER LIST GUIDES EMPLOYERS THROUGH NEW LAWS IN 2018 AND BEYOND
Numerous laws will take effect in 2018 and beyond that impact business practices, from small to large enterprises. To assist, the California Chamber of Commerce released a list of the laws and changes to existing laws. It is critical that employers are aware of the changes, many of which are significant, to avoid costly repercussions. Included in the slew of new laws is the New Parental Leave Act, or SB 63, which requires businesses with 20 or more employees to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to be taken within one year of the child's birth.  Additionally, there are new laws affecting hiring practices, such as the ban on asking salary history questions and restrictions on asking about criminal history. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 
CALIFORNIA BARS USE OF CRIMINAL HISTORY IN HIRING, OTHER EMPLOYMENT DECISIONS
The California Fair Employment & Housing Council ("FEHC") recently approved revisions to regulations that restrict an employer's use of an applicant's or employee's criminal history in hiring and other employment decisions.  These regulations specifically prohibit employers in California from using criminal history in employment decisions if doing so would have an "adverse impact" on individuals (who fall within a protected class, such as sex, gender, race, national origin, etc.) unless the employer can prove that criminal history is job-related and consistent with business necessity.  CLICK HERE to read the firm's article for more information or call John Barber or Chris Harmon in Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith's Costa Mesa office at 714/545-9200.
OFFICE OF THE US TRADE REPRESENTATIVE RELEASES UPDATED NAFTA OBJECTIVES
Last week, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer released an updated summary of the objectives for the renegotiation of NAFTA. This release updates the original objectives outlined in July 2017 at the request of President Trump.  NAFTA renegotiations include hundreds of hours and dozens of meetings in consultations with Congress, three days of public hearings, featuring testimony from over 140 witnesses, review of over 12,000 public comments, and consultations with the Senate Finance Committee and the House Way and Means Committee. The U.S., Mexico and Canada concluded a fifth round of the talks last week with major differences still unresolved. OCBC has been following the renegotiations closely as the International Trade is a critical economic driver in Southern California and is considered as a top cross-cutting industry sector employing over 200,000 people, with exports accounting for nearly $24 billion in 2015. If not renegotiated in favor of the US by March 2018, President Trump has threatened to withdraw from the agreement. For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, Director, Economic Development. 
PARTICIPATE IN AN OCTA SURVEY, HELP DECIDE WHAT TRANSIT IN OC LOOKS LIKE!
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The OC Transit Vision is a long-term plan in Orange County that looks at current and future needs, as well as important connections to make it easier to use the bus or train. When OCTA originally asked Orange County residents what they'd most like to see in an improved transit system, nearly 70 percent of respondents said they want to see high-capacity transit and rapid transit services, like streetcar and bus rapid transit. OCTA has identified 11 corridors with potential for those requests. You can now visit this interactive site to learn more about each option and offer your voice through a survey open through December. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 
OC/IE REGION RANKS FOURTH IN NATION FOR SMALL BUSINESS LOANS
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that in fiscal year 2017, SBA offices throughout Orange County and the Inland Empire collectively ranked fourth as a region in terms of lending in the nation, with over $1.57 billion loaned to small businesses.  The record lending activity is an increase of 11.3 percent over the prior fiscal year with 1,962 businesses financed. Among the top participating lenders are OCBC investors Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank, and JPMorgan Chase Bank. Nationally, the SBA loan programs provide over $30 billion to small businesses and are increasing the number of women, veterans, and emerging communities receiving the loans.  For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, Director, Economic Development. 
JWA OFFERS HOLIDAY TRAVELERS FREE WI-FI
Good news for Orange County holiday season travelers! John Wayne airport is offering free high speed Wi-Fi during the peak holiday travel period. Free, fast, and reliable Wi-Fi service is one of the most important things travelers look for in an airport, and JWA is expected to see more than one million passengers traversing through its gates during this holiday season. The enhanced service offered increased speed, a one-step sign-in, improved coverage and four hours of free connectivity. For more information, contact Natalie Rubalcava, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development.
VICKKI SHEPP NAMED AS NEW CEO FOR GIRL SCOUTS ORANGE COUNTY
With the announcement of the retirement of Nancy Nygren, CEO, Girl Scouts of Orange County, the organization's board of directors has been hard at work searching for a new CEO of the nonprofit organization. Through a comprehensive and competitive process drawing from over 150 candidates nationwide, the board called ON Vickki Shepp to serve as the next CEO, effective January 1. Shepp has been with Girl Scouts of OC for over 10 years, most recently serving as Vice President of Mission Operations. Best wishes to Nancy and congrats to Vickki! For more information, contact Natalie Rubalcava, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON OFFERS $40,000 SCHOLARSHIP FOR STEM STUDENTS
OCBC investor Southern California Edison (SCE) is offering a $40,000 scholarship for students interested in pursuing a STEM degree from a four-year university. Edison International, the parent company of SCE, is offering the scholarships to 30 high school students with a GPA of 3.0 and higher. After completing their second year of college, recipients will be eligible for internships at SCE. Since 2006, Edison International has awarded more than $7.5 million in scholarships to 580 students. CLICK HERE to learn more about the scholarship program and what SCE is doing to invest in the next generation. Scholarship applications are due no later than December 1, apply now by clicking here. For more information contact Jocelin Jimenez, Director of Economic Development. 
CYBERSECURITY CORNER: VERIFY SITES YOU VISIT ONLINE
Billions of people use the Internet every single day, and knowing how to stay safe while using it is vital. Always be sure to verify the sites you visit on the Internet. A certain amount of information such as your IP address and domain name is automatically sent when you connect. Websites can also track the pages you visit, determine the version of your browser and operating system, and even compromise files and passwords. The Cybersecurity Task Force recommends you to keep your operating system updated and patched, block pop-up windows, and set anti-virus and anti-spyware software and keep them updated. For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, Director of Economic Development.
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
COMMUNITY EVENTS    
OCTA Public Hearing on I-405 Improvement Project - Tuesday, December 5
Join Orange County Transportation Authority from 5-8 p.m. for a public hearing open house to learn about the proposed improvements, discuss study results and share your comments regarding the I-405 from I-5 to SR-55. This event will take place at University Community Park Multipurppose Room 2 in Irvine. CLICK HERE for more info. 

Community Alliances Forum Presentation "Me We Do Be: The Four Cornerstones of Success" - Tuesday, December 12 
Join CalOptima at the Delhi Community Center to hear guest speaker Randall Bell, Ph.D., Amazon #1 Bestseller to learn about the four key areas of Core IQ: Me We Do Be from 9-11 a.m. CLICK HERE for more information and to register by the deadline of December 6. 

Pacific Chorale's Christmastime in the City - Sunday, December 17
Join Pacific Chorale for a holiday gala featuring jazzy holiday entertainment and live auction immediately following the Chorale's "Tis the Season!" holiday concert at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. RSVP by December 6. Contact Pacific Chorale's Concierge at 714-662-2345 for more info.

German American Business Association 2018 Economic Outlook - Monday, January 8 
Join GABA for the 2018 Economic Outlook with Dr. Mohammed El-Erian, Chief Economic Advisor to AllianzEnjoy lunch with a spectacular view from the top floor of a Newport Center Drive high-rise, while getting an exclusive 2018 outlook of the global economy and the financial markets. CLICK HERE for more information. 

Orange County School of the Arts Foundation Presents: Creators and Innovators Speaker Series - Tuesday January 9 
Save the date for Creator and Innovator Speaker Series Tuesday January 9. The event engages influential and accomplished thought leaders in a forum designed to inspire, enlighten, inform, and entertain. For more information, CLICK HERE.
UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: DECEMBER/JANUARY
Latino Educational Attainment
Friday, December 1, 2017  I  9:00 to 10:30 a.m. 

Advocacy and Government Affairs
Friday, January 5, 2017  I  9:30 to 11:00 a.m. 

Infrastructure 
Tuesday, January 9, 2017  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. 

Latino Educational Attainment 
Friday, January 12, 2017  I  9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 

Workforce Development
Wednesday, January 17, 2017  I  7:30 to 9:00 a.m. 

Cybersecurity Taskforce
Wednesday, January 31, 2017  I  7:30 to 9:00 a.m.

Committee meetings are open to OCBC members and invited guests only. All committee meetings are held at the OCBC offices unless otherwise specified. For more information on upcoming committee meetings for 2016 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact  Natalie Rubalcava, OCBC Vice President of Investor Relations & Business Development. 
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